Remember the offense or hurt. How do you feel about it now? Does it bring up the same raw emotions or do you have a different perspective or both? How has it affected your life? How does it still affect your life? Do you still seek an apology? Do you want something in your life to change that is impacted by the offense? Does the offender even know?
I was aiming to have a post about forgiveness every day. I laugh at myself because of this far reaching goal. A) This is a tough topic to mull through and B) I went to the Grand Canyon.
I guess my traveling hiatus was a good way to come back fresh and commit to the next challenge, which is to re-evaluate my grievances.
Before, I continue that, let me revisit my experience of forgiving myself. It’s been an anxious and annoying return from our trip. Part of the trip was anxious and annoying because we arrived in pouring rain and it was cold. My husband and I did something wrong with the tent and water pooled and dripped inside making sleep cold and uncomfortable. I was not my most gracious self and all of us were grouchy and took it out on each other. I love the outdoors and I…
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Maybe you have done and said things you feel badly about now. Try apologizing without conditions. And, take care of yourself because you are probably pretty cool.
Screenshot from my Calm App meditation Guidance for today.
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“Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves. All people live in their own dream, in their on mind; they are in a completely different world from the one we live in.”
“Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves. All people live in their own dream, in their on mind; they are in a completely different world…
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While in a conversation today, I did have some cringe moments about an issue that has put a pit in my stomach since childhood. I just shrugged my shoulders to it when I noticed it and told myself that this person is an adult and her continuous fumbles over the same issues is her business and not mine. Then I devoured a salad. I figured out a way to just manage it. It doesn’t mean that the topic was not stressful, but I didn’t let it rule my day.
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When we are betrayed, it is almost impossible to feel any kind of empathy for that person. Even if we really sit down and think about why a person betrays another, I relate it to a deep pain the betrayer feels, but sometimes the betrayer doesn’t admit it or even know it.
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1. How do you deal with the anger, hurt or resentment that comes up when you think about the person or offense?
2. How do your methods define what happens to the remainder of your day?
3. Imagine if you did forgive the person, what would your day look like? What productive pursuits can you accomplish if you weren’t so drained? How would this other life make you feel?
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I started to work out more. I ate better. The weight of guilt, anger, sadness and fat that I had been carrying just fell off. I felt peace, empathy, methodical. I still had ugly bad self-talk flare ups and that is what I am trying to decrease in my life.
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Slowly, our family started to reconnect over fire and smores sweeping away the eggshells we have been walking on close to two years. It’s been the best vacation we have had in long time.
↑↑↑↑ Man, kids have it easy now. Lyrics and song via Youtube…